In holding families as the fundamental keystone to society—the first community to which every person belongs—there are a number of marriage and family ministries operating in the diocese that provide support and resources to effectively prepare couples for marriage, strengthen their marriage and care for their family. The diocese’s social services agency, CatholicCare, also provides a number of family and relationship services including counselling, courses in strengthening relationships, marriage preparation programs, mental health first aid courses, student programs, hands-on parenting skills, and services to help parents re-enter the workforce. Visit the CatholicCare website to learn more.
Other marriage and family ministries
Billings LIFE—Natural Family Planning
Billings LIFE provides clinical instruction to women and couples in the Billings Ovulation Method to achieve or avoid pregnancy naturally, and to safeguard reproductive health at all stages of reproductive life.
A confidential reconciliation and healing ministry for the many people, both men and women, who have been touched by an abortion experience—provide support in dealing with the grief, anger and sense of responsibility for a great loss.
SmartLoving is a series of resources that draws from a wealth of research, theology, and experience to provide a focused approach to building marriages. Also SmartLoving Engaged for marriage preparation.
Our diocesan logo is theologically rich and very succinct. As a hand, it depicts our mission as a diocese and as individuals within the diocese, of bearing (bringing, carrying) Christ’s love to one another and to the world around us. In this, we are the hand of Jesus Christ, and we are offering ourselves to him so that he might work through us.
We can be the bearers of his love only as a response to his call and in the strength of his grace. We are reminded of this in two ways—through the symbol of the dove (the Holy Spirit) also present in the logo, and by the incorporation of the cross that segments the logo. The presence of the cross is a reminder that bearing the love of Christ will inevitably cost us if we live it authentically. However, in the way that the Cross is the portent of redemption and life—an echo of the tree of life in the book of Genesis—so becoming bearers of the love of Christ will also bring us to life.
The four fingers of the hand also represent the four regions of our diocese. The first is bluerepresenting the beautiful water of the Shoalhaven. The second is a blue and green combination representing the waters and escarpment of the Illawarra. The third is greendepicting the hills and plains of the Macarthur. The fourth is dark green illustrating the forests of the Southern Highlands.